From Our Community: 10 Outstanding Photos of Our Beautiful Michigan Earth

In honor of Earth Day earlier this week, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter to share their photos of our beautiful Michigan earth. From flowering fields to singing streams and sandy shores, we were in awe of all the wonderful submissions!

What better way to showcase Michigan’s natural beauty than create a roundup of a few of our favorites. Here are ten outstanding photos from our fans to commemorate Earth Day 2014 and our beautiful Michigan earth. 

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A crystal clear day at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Photo by Facebook Fan Marilyn Ang Cassell.

Pcitred Rocks National Lakeshore Marilyn Ang Cassell

Sugarloaf Lake near Schoolcraft. Photo by Facebook Fan MichiganPhyl Campbell Matteson.

MichiganPhyl Campbell Matteson Sugarloaf Lake Schoolcraft

Great view of the Mackinac Bridge. Photo by Facebook Fan Mandy Huff.

Mandy Huff Mackinac Bridge

Morning Hike on Isle Royale. Photo by Facebook Fan Lorentyna Baldus Harkness.

Lorentyna Baldus Harkness Isle Royale

Green trees and flowing falls in Munising, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Kathryn Lund Johnson Nature Photography.

Kathryn Lund Johnson Nature photography Munising falls

Aquamarine waters at Arcadia Beach. Photo by Facebook Fan Karen Sue Packer.

karen sue packer arcadia beach

Sandy Sleeping Bear Dunes. Photo by Facebook Fan Jill Schultz.

Jill schultz sleeping bear dunesColorful Tulips in Holland, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Gayle Unger Cooper.

Gayle Unger Cooper Tulip Time 2013

Rainbow along the Black River near Ironwood, MI. Photo by Facebook Fan Gary Jackson.

Gary Jackson Black River near Ironwood MI

Sunset over Ludington Beach. Photo by Facebook Fan Gabe Newkirk-Burkholder.

Gabe Newkirk-Burkholder ludington beach

Did you celebrate Earth Day this week? Let us know what you did! 

The State of Michigan Celebrates Earth Day 2013

Earth Day is coming up on Monday, April 22, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Equality (DEQ) is doing their part to celebrate and make a difference!

This Thursday, April 18, the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Natural Resources are coming together for the 2013 State of Michigan Earth Day Event at Constitution Hall in Lansing, Michigan. This event is both celebratory and educational, and feedback from teachers and schools has indicated that it’s been a highly valued learning experience for those who have participated in the past. In 2012, nearly 3,200 adults and students attended.

Thomas Occhipinti, Environmental Education Coordinator for the DEQ fills us in on what to expect at this year’s event:

The Program.  The Earth Day itinerary runs from 8:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring several performances from school groups to bands.  Following a performance, Director Wyant and Deputies from each department open the celebration, interacting with students and recognizing the poster contest winners. The Detroit Audubon Society Safe Passages program will present the State with an award for saving birds by turning off lights in tall buildings.

The Exhibits.  This event includes more than 50 interactive displays, developed and presented by the three departments and by organizations joining the celebration.  Displays will be staged both throughout the Atrium level and under tents outside the building.

The Participants.  More than 1,800 students, accompanied by 350 teachers and chaperones, from approximately 25 schools across Michigan will converge on Constitution Hall, to spend a portion of their day, learning how to protect the environment.  Several hundred staff children from DEQ, MDARD, and DNR are expected to join the event.

The Kindergarten 1st Place Poster by Matthew Devine of Elmwood Elementary School in St. Clair Shores

The Posters.  The 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest received more than 2,500 posters from 150 participating Michigan schools.  The 12 Earth Day Poster Contest winners, their families, and their teachers will be recognized and awarded prizes.  Prize donations have been collected from a number of organizations.

A replicated set of the 12 winning posters is being matted and framed.  This set of posters will be mounted and displayed somewhere in Constitution Hall.  A second set will be provided to the winners’ schools.  Original posters are returned to the families.

Trees.  More than 2,000 tree seedlings to be given to Earth Day participants.  An acre of trees can eliminate six tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year and produce four tons of oxygen.

Earth Day Michigan Activities.   A portion of our Earth Day website includes a listing of many Earth Day celebrations throughout Michigan.  You can go to a Michigan map, click on your region, and be linked to a list of Earth Day celebrations throughout the region.

Teacher Bags.  Some 200 special bags have been prepared for teachers; they contain materials appropriate for use in the classroom.

Will you or your child be participating in the State of Michigan Earth Day Event on Thursday?

To find other Earth Day celebrations happening across the state, visit michigan.org or michigan.gov.

Celebrate Earth Day in Pure Michigan

With Earth Day coming up this weekend, we wanted to highlight a few of the places around the state of Michigan that are especially earth-friendly.

Besides offering exhibitions and collections that span from Renaissance to Modern art, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) also stands out as a renowned “green” building in the state – and the world. In fact, the museum opened the doors of its current home in 2007 as the first newly-constructed, LEED Gold certified art museum in the world. The GRAM is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, close to many restaurants, parks and entertainment venues.

When visiting the Ford Rogue Factory Tour at The Henry Ford, guests can visit the Legacy Theater, Art of Manufacturing Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery during a self-guided tour. While on the factory tour, there are many eco-friendly elements to experience including the “living roof,” which is made up of tens of thousands of tiny sedum plants that decrease energy consumption by 7 percent and improve air quality by as much as 40 percent. In 2003, the factory was awarded a LEED Award from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

The Dairy Complex at Michigan State University is another LEED certified establishment in our great state. The barn in the pasture-robotic milking system at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) is the first agricultural building in North America to receive the certification. Visitors to campus can take free tours of the facilities and learn first hand how cheese, ice cream and other dairy products are made, then test out delicious homemade ice cream.

If you’re in Ann Arbor, stop by Perpetua Boutique Organique, which offers sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic fashion for women and men. You could also visit the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan while you’re in the area. There are plenty of other parks in the area as well to experience Michigan’s beautiful landscape.